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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-13 05:36
Subject: [help|tech] Linksys and Cisco router-bridge weirdness
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Tags:help, portland, tech
ETA: A working 802.11g bridge has been made available. This post is now academic, and is being left live for the networking prØn value. Thank you.

I had two knowledgable and generous friends over yesterday helping me reconfigure my network to upgraded bandwidth from Comcast and an upgraded Cisco E4200 router to support the higher speeds.

We got into the issue of reconfiguring the old Linksys 802.11g router (WRT54-G) to be a bridge with the E4200 in order to support some printers that lack their own wireless cards and cannot be connected to the E4200 via wired Ethernet. (All of this has to do with the physical layout of my house and the location of two of the three printers here.) This was previously supported by a bridge between a very old Linksys B-Bridge (WET11) and the WRT54-G. Much consulting of Web sites and fooling around with the admin interface. Bad success ensued.

Failing that, we tried to bridge said very old WET11 directly with the E4200. Among other things, the WET11 admin interface appears to be in a fragile state, and we simply could not make that happen. Further bad success ensued.

We eventually arrived at a somewhat inexplicable yet working kludge of resetting both of the old pieces of equipment to factory defaults, whereupon we could bridge the WET11 to the WRT54-G without actually doing anything to the admin interface of the WET11. We then connected the WRT54-G to the E4200 via Ethernet.

This is not a crisis, but the current network kludge is a clumsy, failure-prone and insecure networking arrangement. For about $60 I can buy a new WET610N, the current 802.11n functional equivalent to my seriously ancient WET11, but if possible I'd really prefer to use the otherwise perfectly functional WRT54-G as a bridge rather than spend even more money.

I would be very grateful to anybody in PDX who is a router-whisperer and understands Linksys/Cisco configurations well enough to untangle this problem for me. (Or on the other hand can confirm that what I'm trying to do cannot be done and I should just pony up the damned $60 and be done with it.) Advice is also helpful, as my knowledgable and generous friends can play hands to good directions if available. A site visit would be far more helpful given my chemobrain and their schedule. Happy to pop for beer and pizza, or gift a few books in return, if so.

Please advise.

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User: icedrake
Date: 2011-06-13 12:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I offer my experience with Cisco with little comment.

Immediately after purchasing a Linksys (Cisco brand, for anyone unaware)WRT54G, I was unable to get it to talk to my network. I'm pretty knowledgeable about hardware, and I killed a good two hours messing with the settings before giving up and calling tech support. Their solution? For the low low price of $9.95, they would remotely connect to my computer and set the modem up for me.

At which point I returned the piece of shit, made a vow to never touch another retail-level Cisco product again for as long as possible.

I'm currently peacefully coexisting with a Netgear WNR1000.
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User: icedrake
Date: 2011-06-13 12:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*insert an "and" in the second-last sentence, as needed.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-06-13 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll ask my in-house router whisperer. Odds are that we might have an appropriate piece of router material here left over from our own Adventures in Routing. In any case, he's supposed to be studying this damned stuff--let's see if the cash I'm paying for his schooling is any good.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-06-13 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It is Not Nice for you to post porn this early in the morning.
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-06-13 15:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think you should take your $60 to the humane society and adopt a kitten. That will quickly and easily solve all of your problems. 8P
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User: evaleastaristev
Date: 2011-06-13 17:14 (UTC)
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They Didn't Ask Me: hal-9000
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2011-06-13 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The scariest thing is that when I had to replace my DSL modem the last time, I ended up having to mix a new and old Linksys (Cisco) wireless routers, much like you have including I believe a WRT54-G -- and finally just pushed the Cisco logo buttons on both and they configured themselves together automatically. When I added the HP wireless printer -- same thing.

What was annoying was not having to use any of my network-fu. (evil grin)

Dr. Phil
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T Enigma
User: T Enigma [google.com]
Date: 2011-06-13 21:25 (UTC)
Subject: *crickets*
What a blastedly quiet thread.
Hopefully Joyce's fella will come through...
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